SEE BELOW VIDEO OF THE ROCKIN’ NEW AND IMPROVED AMC REVIEW GRABBER!!!
When I first ran across Author Marketing Club, I resisted. I mean, come on, free stuff is good, but I’m getting nickel-and-dimed all over the place for paid services that will help me sell my books.
But Author Marketing Club didn’t promise to help me sell my books. Instead, they offered me services to make doing what I already knew I needed to do easier. Whether or not the book sold would still be up to me.
The services sounded good. Their review grabber. Their Enhanced Description HTML Generator for a jazzed up Kindle page on Amazon. Free Book Cover Art. They sounded really, really good. I read their free download, Sell More Books With Awesome Amazon Descriptions. It was amazing.
I’ll cut to the chase: I caved and joined, ponying up an annual subscription fee. The question was, would it be down the tubes or money well spent?
Next I used Review Grabber. Check out this video to see how easy it is to mine reviewer contact info from Amazon for books like yours (this is their brand new improved version, and it is truly USEFU, EFFICIENT, and EFFECTIVE):
You can contact the reviewers individually and ask them to consider reviewing your similar book. They even give you instructions and a sample letter. So I sent out 11 requests for reviews. Four of the reviewers said yes. As of the time of this blog, I have two new five-star reviews. One of the reviewers is a book blogger who decided to buy another of my books and feature both reviews on her website. Wowza!
I tried the Enhanced Description HTML Generator. I wish I had taken before and after shots of my description, but check out a comparison of a normal Kindle description versus my new AMC-amped up description.
Using their HTML, I was able to update my CreateSpace pages too. I’m thrilled with the impact.
I tried their Book Widget Generator. Here’s how it looks:
Nice, huh? Links to all my major sales websites, not just Amazon. And my Amazon Associates ID is built in. Much better than the Amazon Generated Widgets.
And it just keeps getting better. I was able to participate in Book Discovery Sundays,which emailed my book around to the membership. I will be in a Book Bundle promotion in December. I was featured as a new member to other members. Two Fridays in December AMC and the powerhouse World Literary Cafe will promote for free my sale of Saving Grace for 99 cents. That’s not even including the free book cover art, free webinars, and other features. I’ve used them all.
I am in love. Is that because I’m selling more books? Well, yes, my sales did pick up in the week after I implemented some of the AMC features like the Description Enhancer. But the payoff for most of them awaits. I have the aforementioned sale of Saving Grace to relaunch Leaving Annalise in November, and with the exposure I hope to get through ads I am running in addition to the 99 cent Fridays promotion by AMC and WLC, more people will see my new reviews and new descriptions. My landing page is much higher impact, much more likely to generate sales.
Use the Review Grabber the second you sign up. I mean it.
Pamela Fagan Hutchins writes overly long e-mails, hilarious nonfiction, and series mysteries, like Katie & Annalise which includes the bestselling Saving Grace, and Emily which she kicks off with the 2015 WINNER of the USA Best Book Award for Cross Genre Fiction, Heaven to Betsy. She resides deep in the heart of Nowheresville, Texas and in the frozen north of Snowheresville, Wyoming. Pamela has a passion for great writing and smart authorpreneurship as well as long hikes with her hunky husband and pack of rescue dogs, traveling in the Bookmobile, and experimenting with her Keurig. She also leaps medium-tall buildings in a single bound (if she gets a good running start).
So glad it all paid off. I love that you share all these little details so we can learn from the Mawster!!
I am LOVING how it worked. Amazing. And you’re welcome.
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so pleased that you are using your Premium membership to the fullest! It’s great to hear and we’re so happy you’re happy!!!!!
I had the chance to recommend it to someone else today at lunch, Jim, and showed them this post on it. Thanks for providing the Premium tools. They really do work!
Interesting article. I recently received a message from Amazon asking me to remove all HTML code that I’d used (Amazon orange) because they would no longer be accepting it and that wherever I used it would revert back to plain text. Have you heard anything about that?
We haven’t gotten anything like that, but I’m very interested! You know, Create Space doesn’t take the orange. I had to modify the HTML for there b/c they wouldn’t accept the h2 and similar tags. If you want to see what I’m talking about, compare this link for the ebook with the paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Grace-Annalise-Series-ebook/dp/B009FZPMFO/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
I’m thinking that is what it would end up looking like, if not automatically, then by very simple modifications.
Okay, so after Jim’s response I went back in and added the Amazon orange HTML code back to one of my books, and it was accepted and is still good this morning. It would have been nice if the message I received from Amazon had been a little more specific in what code they wanted me to remove. Since I haven’t added any images and videos to my pages I don’t know what they were talking about. Sorry for the confusion.
Their messages are always vague. So glad it worked for you!
Yes, Amazon is getting rid of all the people using “extra” code to put in images and videos and all that. Our code, using our tool, ONLY uses approved html codes that Amazon allows. So that’s why you won’t have any trouble with our tool. 🙂
Well, that’s good to know! But I’m confused now because Amazon said I was using code that needed to be removed. The only code I added was their orange. Now I need to go back and check to see what they’re talking about because I’ve never added images and videos. And of course, their message to me wasn’t very specific. Thanks for the info! Hopefully I’ll be able to add the orange back because it did make my book pages look more interesting.
Awesome to know this, Pamela. Thanks for sharing. How long have you been a member of Author Marketing Club?
SkipJack has the membership, and we’re in our 2nd year. We code the Amazon pages for all our books using AMC’s HTML generator.
Awesome, awesome. Thanks again for filling the rest of us in. Your generosity will pay off in the long run.
That’s our girl- ALWAYS paying it forward– you’re one in a million Pamela!
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